Feed Them Cake!

I don’t bake a lot, not that I can’t – I just don’t want to!  We go dancing with 4 other couples and one of the ladies celebrated a birthday earlier in the week so I decided to make her a cake and bring to the dance we went to last night for her birthday.  She bakes these delicious Italian Cream cakes for birthdays and I wanted to do something for her.  I found this Sour Cream Chocolate Bundt cake recipe on the internet.  I did my own twist on this recipe by adding some brewed coffee to the batter.  My mom used to do this and it adds to the flavor, although I think I should have used more.  Then I put the Texas Sheet Cake frosting, which I altered as I used 1/2 and 1/2 instead of milk and then topped with chopped pecans.  When I bake, I never put the amount of sugar called for, I will cut back by about 1/4 cup, I don’t like things that are too sweet.  O M G!  This cake is the best ever and the frosting is to die for.  I had a lot of compliments on the cake.  This recipe is a keeper!

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That Blooming Rose Bush

Here it is, February 5 and our Apricot Drift Rose is STILL blooming.  I have other Drift Roses planted, but they aren’t blooming as well as this one.  I love these things, easy to take care of and gorgeous to look at.  We haven’t had much of a winter so far, temps have dipped to freezing a few times, but haven’t stayed there for a substantial amount of time so some things are still doing ok.  In the past, February and March have been known to be our coldest months so we could still get “winter”.  I have Spring by looking at this beauty!

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Merry Christmas to All!

Before things get wild and crazy around here preparing for my hubby’s family gathering this weekend, I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas!  I did a little more decorating this year as I tend to do when we host the family.  I enjoy it.  This year the tree is trimmed in gold.

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I was sitting on the couch watching one of the shows that I record and had a creative moment.  You know the dress dummy that is dressed up for Christmas?  Well, I have had a dummy for years and had this idea of what I wanted to do so, I made my own Christmas tree dummy.  I am very pleased at how she turned out!

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Merry Christmas Y’all!

 

 

The Birds

Ok, as it was pointed out to me, these are not crows, they are black birds. Nonetheless, they are back and I was out earlier looking for one of the dogs and they are noisy. They even sound like what they did in the movie “The Birds”. It was spooky, I ran in the house, don’t want to get my eyes pecked out :)

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This reminded me of the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds” I saw many years ago.  This morning, I was looking out my back window and noticed hundreds of crows and then they went to the front.  I have never seen this many crows in one area in my life!

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The Birds

This reminded me of the Alfred Hitchcock movie “The Birds” I saw many years ago.  This morning, I was looking out my back window and noticed hundreds of crows and then they went to the front.  I have never seen this many crows in one area in my life!

Let the Decorating Begin!

As well as the mess I make when I start the process of decorating for Christmas!  I start with the tree and get it decorated before I go on to anything else in the house.  This year, we are hosting my hubby’s family Christmas gathering so I go all out and do more than I have in the past few years (including putting up the “big” tree).  Every year, the ornaments are a different color/s and this year I decided to do all gold with a touch of red here and there.  This is something I have done for years, learned from my mother, who LOVED to decorate for Christmas and would have our home looking like it came out of Better Homes and Gardens for the holidays.  I will hopefully be done by the end of the week, it takes me a while as I plan nothing out, my process is spontaneous, which to me, is more fun.

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Happy Thanksgiving

First of all, I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to all of my readers.  I have so much to be thankful for – God, friends and family – in that order.

I am also thankful we have such great neighbors!  I was having computer issues a few weeks ago which resulted in me getting a new computer.  Well, dumbo here thought I had backed up the old one, but I didn’t do the backup correctly so I lost everything on the old computer (the place I took it to did a restore, long story!).  Thankfully, our neighbor was able to recover some photos that were priceless to me.  I have been going through them and came across this photo, which I absolutely love.  Remi, the black lab, Buddy – the most sociable cat I have ever had  – and Bear, my sweet old Bear.  Another thing I am thankful for, we have had some really great fur family.  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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The “Fryer”

Greg told me he wanted to buy this new thing called an Oil-less Turkey Fryer – what??? An oil-LESS fryer, isn’t that like salt free Saltines (which by the way, I do like and buy!).  He said the reviews were really good.  Evidently, this contraption uses a convection like deal that cooks the turkey, chicken or whatever.  He bought some chickens to test this out so stay tuned, we will see if this is all its cracked up to be!

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